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Collective Agreements

For faculty members, librarians and archivists


Information about flex credits, health care, professional expense reimbursement

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.


Call for nominations - Tom Murphy Memorial Award

UWOFA is accepting nominations for the Tom Murphy Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to UWOFA.

This award was established in honour of the late Tom Murphy. Tom was a long-standing contract faculty member in the Department of Sociology who was involved in UWOFA since certification in 1998, serving as a director for four terms, as a member of the executive committee, and as a member of the Policy and Governance Committee. Perhaps most importantly, Tom was a long-standing member and co-chair of the Committee for Contract Faculty. Tom died on July 18, 2015. This award was established by UWOFA as a lasting tribute to his accomplishments and dedication to UWOFA.

All contract faculty members of UWOFA are eligible for this award of $1,000 in the form of cash or a fund that can be used to advance the academic career of the recipient by supporting research, travel, equipment or professional development. Contract faculty includes full-time members with a limited-term appointment and part-time members with a limited-duties appointment or a standing appointment. All members of UWOFA are eligible to nominate contract faculty members for this award. 

The deadline for nominations is February 22, 2018. Questions should be directed to Jane Laforge at uwofa [at] uwo [dot] ca

Application Form - Tom Murphy Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to UWOFA

UWOFA responds to Western's Strategic Mandate Agreement 2.0

In October 2017 the University of Western Ontario signed its second Strategic Mandate Agreement with the provincial Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.  UWOFA shared the following letter in response to Western’s 2017-2020 Strategic Mandate Agreement.

Nominate a colleague for an OCUFA Teaching or Academic Librarianship Award

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) is accepting nominations for its Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards.

Precarious employment in Ontario universities and colleges on the rise: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Fifty-three per cent of university and college workers in Ontario show signs of job precarity, a new study has found.

Protecting our fair dealing rights

The federal government is currently conducting a five-year review of the Copyright Act and one of the more contentious issues to be discussed will be fair dealing.